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You've Got Information Technology Questions? We Have Answers…

As an IT professional or IT leader, do you find yourself with questions or issues you'd like to get opinions about?  Of course you do.  As a consultant, researcher, educator and author, I get questions all the time.  For me they are my oxygen.  If the questions ever stopped, well, I frankly don't know what [...]

Web-Oriented Architecture: From Push to Pull – So Very 2.0!

Dion Hinchcliffe's excellent recent post on Web-Oriented Architecture (actually, this is his latest in a series of posts on this topic) reflects an important shift in thinking around technology architecture and componentization.  This is the shift from push to pull approaches to change - a shift I've covered from from time to time in this [...]

Recession and Business-IT Maturity

Just as a lot of CIO's were gearing up for a year or two of growth and innovation, many are now being told to "hunker down" for a period of austerity.  The usual first victims - cut travel, cut training, cut anything that smells like overhead!  That Enterprise Architecture initiative that was starting to pay off? [...]

SaaS and the IT Organization Circa 2017

I've speculated before in this blog that Software as a Service was a significant force of change on IT organizations.  A colleague just turned me on to a (new to me) blog called Think IT Services, and its latest post Why IT Now Sees SaaS As A Savior.  In his post Jeff Kaplan cites several indications [...]

Business Implications of SOA: Part 3

The previous post and the post before that addressed the first 3 business implications of SOA.  Let's discuss the other two major business implications of SOA.  First, with SOA it becomes important to understand the distinction between "enabling" and "actualizing" a business process.  Actualizing a business process embeds IT automation elements such as workflow into the [...]

Business Implications of SOA: Part 2

In the last post, we talked about the first two business implications of SOA. The first is the rapidly evolving market ecosystem for "services in the cloud" and the increasing availability of plug-'n'-play "widgets" all made possible by the underlying standards and methods of SAO.  This innovation is equivalent to that brought about by the early [...]

Business Implications of SOA

It's time (perhaps even long overdue!) to tackle the thorny topic of Service Oriented Architecture.  I've been preparing an executive presentation on this subject, drawing on one of our multi-company research projects, so it's fresh in my mind. The research was focused on business implications of SOA, as this was a perspective and context that [...]

So, What Comes After Level 3 Business-IT Maturity?

I had a question from a colleague recently that I'd like to address in this post.  She asked, "I’m going to ask a possibly 'dumb' question, but since I believe that there are no dumb questions I’m asking it anyway…  Since level 3 is constantly evolving i.e., today’s Level 3 will be tomorrow’s Level 2 [...]

Forget Maturity Models?

  A colleague just pointed me to a ZapThink post last month entitled Forget Maturity Models−It's time for an agility model.  It turns out the types of maturity model ZapThink would like us to forget are CMMI and any SOA maturity model.  They don't specifically call out the Business-IT Maturity Model that has been a [...]

Reflections on 2007 – En Route to 2017

It seems like a good time of the year to reflect on significant milestones or events that somehow mark 2007 on the journey to 2017 for IT organizations.  Ten years from now, when students of IT organizational evolution look back on 2007, what might the year be remembered for?  I'll split this into a couple [...]